After a successful run in Houston, Henry V, a joint production of Main Street Theater and Prague Shakespeare Company, heads to Prague for an October run. Main Street also launched the public phase of its capital campaign to purchase and renovate its Rice Village facility, where the theater has been creating nationally recognized productions for more than 30 years. The Board of Directors made the decision to purchase the building and renovate it, bringing the physical theater up to the quality of the work onstage.
Opera in the Heights’ 2013-14 season includes La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti, Don Giovanni by Wolfgang A. Mozart, and Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti.
Da Camera’s 2013/2014 season highlights include completion of its two-season Shostakovich string quartet cycle; world premieres by pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and celebrated composer Charles Wuorinen; a concert featuring the Houston premieres of recent works by John Adams, Louis Andriessen and Steve Reich; the Houston premiere of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion; and the jazz series, featuring Wayne Shorter Quartet 80th Birthday Tour, ACS Trio and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society.
Highlights of Stages Repertory Theatre’s 2013/2014 season includes The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, Gideon’s Knot by Johnanna Adams, Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins, Veronica’s Room by Ira Levin and the Broadway hit, Xanadu.
The Alley Theatre’s 2013-2014 season includes The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht, Never the Sinner by John Logan, Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, Venus in Fur by David Ives, Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn, and You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The Alley Theatre also unveiled plans to enhance its artistic product and complete the first extensive renovation of its facilities since its opening in 1968 through a $73 million capital campaign.
Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company’s next season includes Foxfinder by Dawn King, Carnival Round the Central Figure by Diana Amsterdam, and Rome by John Harvey.
Classical Theatre Company’s 2013/2014 season includes Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, the literary journal based at the University of Houston, merged with Art Lies, one of Texas’s most respected visual art magazines. The merger brings additional regional, national, and international exposure to the literary and visual arts culture of Houston.
Diaz Music Institute, DiverseWorks, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Institute for Culture, Inprint, Mercury, Musiqa, Nameless Sound, Community Design Resource Center at UH, Blaffer Museum, Rice Design Alliance and Writers in the Schools have been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Bridge Club performance collective has been selected to perform in the Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Carolyn Hays is the new Business Volunteer for the Arts manager at Houston Arts Alliance. Hays has worked at Washington National Opera, Washington Performing Arts Society and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo.
Sixto Wagan has been appointed the inaugural Director of the Center for Arts Leadership at the University of Houston. Wagan steps down as artistic director of DiverseWorks since 2011, after 11 years with the organization.
Ana Calderon Lemes has joined Houston Ballet’s corps de ballet. A Grand Prize winner from the Princess Grace Foundation of Monaco, Lemes has been a member of Zürich Ballet and Barcelona Ballet.